CentreWorks programs are designed to instill the entrepreneurial mindset and put it into practice experientially through hands-on programs that cover the entire entrepreneurial journey from collaboration and ideation through launch and operations for the Bluegrass region. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact us!

FUSION

FUSION brings entrepreneurs and the community together to collaborate in ways that equally benefit the startup and the greater population. The Fusion program serves both those with commercial and social enterprise interests. Each FUSION Group will address a community area of interest. Several interest sectors have been identified as having potential for our seven-county community including fermentation, hemp, advanced manufacturing, the arts, technology, agriculture, and other champion-nominated subjects. Each FUSION Group will be led by a community champion and facilitated by CentreWorks to ensure that sessions promote discussion, enhance collaboration, build relationships, and encourage action. Participants can expect opportunities for mentoring, team formation, collaboration, encouragement, new initiatives and new startups. Our CentreWorks inaugural FUSION Community Collaboration Group: Access to Fresh Food kicked off in October and is in progress. We are collecting and compiling empathy insights. If you would like to share your perspective regarding access to fresh food, please email [email protected]

LIFTOFF

Have you been wondering if you could be an entrepreneur? Have you been thinking about starting your own business? Have you asked “How do I know if my idea is worth doing?” What is necessary to make it happen? What resources are available to assist and where can I get valuable consultation? CentreWorks can help you find the answers to these questions and more. CentreWorks is now accepting applications for first-time entrepreneurs and those curious about becoming an entrepreneur in the Bluegrass Region. LIFTOFF is an experience-based learning program, the “how to” and “I wonder if '' starters' course. Ten weekly sessions. LIFTOFF will instill in regional community members the entrepreneurial mindset. Participants will learn how to put the mindset into action to resolve complex problems, start new businesses, and contribute to the well being of their communities. This community-model experience can be centered on active development of participants’ own ideas or on those initiated through ideation exercises during the course.

PURSUIT

PURSUIT is an opportunity to connect the Bluegrass region to the rest of the world. This is where the community turns for lifelong learning and community growth. Each PURSUIT program will be presented by a Community Champion sharing their global experiences to regional organizations and community members. Topics will vary based on community interest. The goal of PURSUIT is to foster a community by bringing people together who are interested in the pursuit of knowledge, stimulating dialogue, and lifting the community. Each PURSUIT Program will be conceived and led by a community champion. CentreWorks will provide a space, whether digital or physical, and our team will help facilitate and guide the program presentation. When applicable, CentreWorks will utilize its own Human Centered Approach to innovation. If you are a Community Champion with a topic that you think would interest and benefit the community please submit your program interest to Anthony Margida.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Certification (EMC2)

The CentreWorks EMC2 Certification documents a student’s cumulative entrepreneurial experience while at Centre College. Qualifying students earn the credential by working in a variety of innovative entrepreneurial roles, often through or alongside CentreWorks' programs. Students participate, learn, and facilitate programs within CentreWorks through a rotation process to earn their EMC2 certification. Students or community members who pursue the EMC2 can expect to learn about innovation process mastery, startup leadership, financial/investment acumen, communication, and growth mindset.

Click on the button below to read about Adonis Logan's experience with CentreWorks and how he earned the first-ever EMC2 Certificate!

RESILIENCE BOOTCAMP

This entrepreneurial bootcamp works to bridge and bond incoming Centre College first-years to the Boyle County community and broader regional community. Resilience is key to sustainable and thriving businesses, organizations, and communities. However, it is also an important tool to students who are entering a new community and the college world. Using a speed design format, students will experience the Centre/Danville community by working alongside community champions, and students will gain skills essential to creative problem-solving through immersion in the entrepreneurial mindset and the human-centered approach to innovation (HCAI). Students will hone the entrepreneurial mindset promoted by the CentreWorks initiative, utilizing resources to develop successful business practices and positively impact the broader community. Students will gain skills essential to entrepreneurship through immersion in customer engagement, design thinking, peer collaboration, and lean startup principles. Outcomes include startup businesses and pilot programs, along with support for area businesses, social enterprises and non-profits.